About the Activator Method

Achieve Wellness with the Activator Method

Many think health is merely the absence of pain or symptoms. Today, more and more people are interested in a higher level of health, also known as wellness. Beyond simply feeling better or preventing health problems, most want to fully enjoy life by being at our very best mentally, physically and socially. True health is only possible with an optimally functioning nervous system.

Chiropractic care is crucial, even when you’re not in pain.

A wellness approach to better health means adopting a variety of healthy habits for optimum function on all levels: physical, mental, social and spiritual.

With a focus on the nervous system, chiropractic care can be an important part of a wellness lifestyle. The nervous system controls the function of virtually every aspect of our lives. Maintaining a properly functioning nervous system is essential if you want to be your very best.

Few things as complicated as your body can be “fixed” and then ignored. That’s why your chiropractic doctor may recommend a schedule of regular chiropractic checkups. Like maintaining your teeth, your car, your family, or your faith, maintaining the integrity of your nervous system requires an ongoing investment.

Good nutrition, exercise, chiropractic care, and other preventive measures are part of a wellness lifestyle.

Those who want to be their very best add regular chiropractic care to their other health practices. The pleasant result is often more vitality, endurance and the capacity to enjoy life to its fullest.

Low Back Pain Relief

Back Pain Causes Loss of Work and Suffering

Low back pain results in millions of dollars of lost work and untold suffering every day. Many factors can be responsible for low back pain, including improper sitting or lifting, overexertion, trauma, or inherited spinal abnormalities.

Chiropractic doctors often consult with neurologists, radiologists and orthopedic specialists when designing care programs for patients with disc involvement. Chiropractic care is safer and more effective than surgery.

Many of the pain-sensing nerves of the spine are in the facet joints, the two interlocking Magnetic Resonance Imaging “fingers” at the back of each spinal bone. The normally smooth surfaces on which these joints glide, can become rough, irritated and inflamed. Surgical treatment often involves removing these facet joints, exposing the spinal cord. Another cause of lower back pain can be a bulging disc putting pressure on the spinal cord or a nearby nerve root. The result is often numbness, tingling or pain down the leg. Cutting away the bulging disc tissue can permanently alter its ability to separate and cushion the adjacent bones. This rarely addresses the underlying structural cause(s) of the problem.

The chiropractic approach is to help restore a more normal motion and position of affected spinal bones with specific chiropractic adjustments. The simplicity and success of this approach has been documented in numerous research projects and has helped many patients avoid risky surgery.

Find out if your low back pain is a chiropractic case and enjoy the positive results that millions of patients have discovered. Chiropractic care is safer and often more effective than back surgery.

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Neck Pain

Help your neck do it’s job With Proper Care

Is it hard to look over your shoulder? Is there a constant pulling or throbbing pain in your neck? Do you notice a “grinding” sound as you turn your head? Chiropractic care can offer neck pain relief by treating the cause of the pain. Contact a chiropractor for a thorough history and examination.

Neck pain is a common health complaint. It has to balance and support the equivalent of a 10-13-pound bowling ball!

Treat the Symptoms or the Cause?

A popular response to neck pain is taking drugs to cover up the problem (aspirin, analgesics, pain pills) or treating its symptoms (muscle relaxers, massage, hot packs), but neck pain isn’t caused by a lack of aspirin or drugs.

The chiropractic approach to neck pain is to locate the underlying cause. This begins with a complete case history and thorough examination. Special attention is given to the structure and function of the spine and its affect on the nervous system.

Is the proper spinal curve present? Are the nerve openings between each pair of spinal bones free and clear? Is the head balanced? Are the shoulders level? These and other considerations are used to create a plan of specific chiropractic adjustments to help improve the motion and position of spinal vertebrae.

With improved structure and function, neck pain often diminishes or totally disappears – without addictive drugs or harmful side effects.

A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that patients who received chiropractic care reported significant improvement in their neck function and a reduction in their neck pain, whereas those taking painkillers did not.

Whiplash

Occupants Often Suffer More Than the Car

Whiplash is most commonly received from riding in a car that is struck from behind or that collides with another object. When the head is suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its normal limits, the muscles and ligaments supporting the head and spine can be stretched or torn. The soft, pulpy discs between spinal bones can bulge, tear or rupture. Vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position, reducing range of motion.

Even though the car may have received little damage, occupants can suffer serious spinal injuries.

Chiropractors are experts in the care of the bones, nerves, muscles and connective tissues that make up about 60% of your body. All of the joints in your body are part of this musculo-skeletal system and its optimal function is necessary for overall good health. Ask your Doctor of Chiropractic for more information about a care program that may include specific spinal adjustments, exercise recommendations, nutritional advice or other conservative methods of care based on your health history, age, current condition and lifestyle. Worn too long, a cervical collar can further weaken supportive muscles and actually lengthen recovery time!

The Tragic Result of Collisions

The spinal cord and nerve roots in the neck can get stretched and irritated. While the occupants can suffer considerable soft tissue injury, the car may be only slightly damaged.

The resulting instability of the spine and soft tissues can contribute to headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, pain in the shoulders, arms and hands, reduced ability to turn and bend and low back problems. As the body attempts to adapt, symptoms may not appear until weeks or even months later.

The chiropractic approach to these types of injuries is to use specific chiropractic adjustments to help normalize spinal function. After a thorough case history and examination, the doctor will recommend a series of visits to help restore proper motion and position of spinal bones. If caught early enough, inflammation can be reduced and scar tissue can often be minimized.

Consult a chiropractor before depending upon addictive pain medication, enduring constant headaches or submitting to surgery.

Headache Relief

Chiropractic Care Relieves Headaches Doesn’t Cover Up Pain

Because headaches are so common, some people think that getting a headache is just a normal part of life. Headaches are a sign that something’s wrong. Stress, toxic fumes, certain foods, preservatives and alcohol are common culprits.

Headaches Come in All Sizes

A frequent and overlooked cause of headaches is the malfunction of spinal bones in the neck and upper back.

When bones of the spine lose their normal position or motion, sensitive nerves and blood vessels to the head can be affected. When spinal nerves and related tissues are stretched or irritated they can produce throbbing headaches. Aspirin and medications may cover up these warning signs, but do not correct the underlying structural cause.

Many people experience correction and relief through chiropractic care. If a thorough examination reveals reduced range of motion, loss of normal spinal curves, or mechanical restrictions, chiropractic care should be considered. After a complete explanation you’ll receive a care program designed for your unique spinal problem.

Specific chiropractic adjustments can help correct spinal joint dysfunction created by the various chemical, emotional and physical structures of our lives.
Many patients report headache relief. Others find that the correction of their condition takes longer because their spinal problem has existed undetected for many years. Every patient responds differently. Benefit from the drug-free results millions have enjoyed by consulting a chiropractic doctor.

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Carpal Tunnel Relief

Relieve Carpal Tunnel Pain
With Proper Treatment

Every day, assembly line workers, keyboard operators, grocery store clerks, and many others, receive micro-traumas to their hands and wrists. Vibration and repetitive motions, when combined with spinal problems and other joint dysfunction, can result in a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Symptoms may include pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, or a loss of strength in the hands. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by the cumulative damage of repetitive wrist and hand motions.

Chiropractic Care Can Help

The major nerve controlling the thumb, index, and parts of the middle, and ring Specific tests will be performed to see if spinal nerves are involved. The nerve in your finger is called the median nerve. From the tip of your fingers, it travels through the bones in your wrist, past your elbow, up your arm, through your shoulder and neck and finally to your spinal cord. Problems can develop in one or more of these areas.

The carpal “tunnel” is formed by bones in the wrist. The median nerve, tendons and blood vessels pass through this opening. If one or more of the bones forming this tunnel should “collapse”, inflammation, nerve pressure and painful symptoms can result.

The median nerve connects to the spinal cord through openings between several bones in the lower neck. When these spinal bones lose their normal motion or position, they can cause problems in the fingers and wrist.

After a thorough examination, your chiropractic doctor will perform specific adjustments where needed, to help normalize structure and reduce nerve irritation. When given time, conservative, chiropractic care has produced excellent results with carpal tunnel problems – without drugs or surgery.

Spinal Disc Treatment

Treat Spinal Disc Problems with Wellness Care

While the intervertebral disc is a common culprit in spine-related health problems, its function is widely misunderstood. The disc is a small cartilage pad that is situated between spinal bones. The soft jelly-like center is contained by layers of fibrous tissues. Each disc serves as a connector, spacer and shock absorber for the spine. When healthy, discs allow normal turning and bending.

Discs can bulge, herniate or rupture, resulting in other problems. Diagnostic imaging can reveal degenerative changes to the disc and surrounding tissues

A disc doesn’t “slip”

Since spinal discs have a very poor blood supply, they also depend upon the circulation of joint fluids to bring in nutrients and expel waste. If a spinal joint loses its normal motion and this pumping action is impaired, the health of the disc deteriorates. Like a wet sponge, a healthy disc is flexible. A dry sponge is hard, stiff and can crack easily. This is how many disc problems begin. Because of the way each disc is attached to the vertebra above and below it, a disc cannot “slip” as commonly thought. However, trauma or injury to the spine can cause discs to bulge, herniate or worse, rupture. This can be quite painful, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots, often interfering with their function.

The chiropractic approach to disc problems is to help restore better motion and position to the spinal joints. Besides reducing disc bulging, better spinal function helps reduce inflammation so the slow process of healing the surrounding soft tissues can begin. While results cannot be guaranteed, many patients have avoided needless surgery or a dependency on pain pills by choosing conservative chiropractic care. Because they are attached to vertebrae, discs do not slip, but they do tear, bulge, herniate, prolapse and dessicate.

Disc Tear

The most common disc injury is a small crack or microtear in the tough, outer cartilage material of the disc called annular fibers. This allows the fluid to start leaking out, and the disc begins to wear thin.

Bulging Disc

The soft jellylike material in the middle of the disc pushes to one side, forward or backward and swelling occurs. The nucleus is still contained within the tough outer fibers of the disc but can still cause pressure and painful symptoms.

Herniated Disc

The soft jellylike material from the nucleus in the middle of the disc ruptures through the tough, outer fibers and extends to the outer edge or beyond the normal limits of the disc.

Prolapsed Disc

A piece of disc material separates away and becomes a fragment or a free-floating piece.

Dessicated Disc

The disc loses its fluid content and degenerates down to a rough, worn-down or worn-out appearance. This occurs as the bones begin to fuse to each other.